Every time I get back to the U.S. from Germany, my friends ask me if I drove on the Autobahn. When I respond “yes,” they often tell me they’re jealous. But my friends shouldn’t envy me, because the Autobahn isn’t what most Americans make it out to be. Often times, Germany’s highway system actually sucks.
Everyone knows the Toyota AE86 the corner-carving drift-toy of Initial D fanboys everywhere, but it advertised a top speed of 201 kph (125 mph). That sounds reasonable, but owner banpei wanted to know if it could it still go that fast after 34 years of use, and took his the Autobahn to see.
Germany has been switching its power sources to renewable energy for years now, typically without incident. That changed Tuesday morning when a giant rogue wind turbine blade fell onto a lorry traveling along a German autobahn, shutting down traffic for hours in a seemingly desperate and radical attempt to reduce…
Yes, you can watch this Porsche 911 GT3 hit 197 mph (an indicated 318 kp/h), but the best part is to hear the thing shift into seventh under power. Just...listen to it.
The E36 BMW M3 is a fantastic and attainable enthusiast’s car. Good performance, looks, and according to this owner a factory-claimed official top speed of 155.3 mph. How close do you think it can get to that after 20 years and 130,000 miles?
Driving on Germany’s network of speed-unrestricted roads known as the autobahn is an experience that every gearhead around the world should try at least once. However, here are a few things that no one tells you before getting into the left lane and smashing the loud pedal.
When you read that headline up there about a bunch of snails destroying an old Trabant, I’m sure most of you were thinking “In drag race, right?” but that’s actually not the case. They actually used their gross slimy trails to out-and-out literally wreck the poor Trabi.
I’m not going to try and add flare to something so particularly special, so just watch EVO’s Henry Catchpole hit 200 mph in a brand new Porsche 911 R on the Autobahn and try to imagine what it feels like.
Deutsche Bahn, the German government-owned rail system that manages travel throughout the country, is planning to add autonomous vehicles to its system with the goal of offering seamless door-to-door transit.
Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz have made it clear that they don't want to rely on Google or other companies to develop self-driving technology or the data that's involved, and now the German government is stepping in to facilitate things with a plan to establish a section of the autobahn for autonomous vehicle testing.
Last year MotorTrend's video host Jessi Lang flew to Germany to test an extremely powerful tuned Abt Audi R8. She opened the car up on a local highway, and then her life nearly ended.
It's hard to believe that it was less than seven decades ago that German highways were used by Luftwaffe pilots on their Messerschmitt bf109s or Focke-Wulf Fw 190s as improvised airstrips, but it's even harder to believe that A-10 Thunderbolts, F-16s, and even Hercules cargo plane can still do it today.
Here's two Koenigseggs flying along the Autobahn, as shot from a McLaren 12C. It's got good noises, speed, a Ferrari, a McLaren, and, oh yeah, those two Koenigseggs, on the Autobahn. You don't need much more of a descriptor than that to marvel at this high-speed collection.
This is real speed. And even at 170 mph, it's legal. Thank you, German Autobahn.
I've seen a lot of bridge demolitions, but none of them are as pretty as the demise of the Old Sinntal Bridge in Germany.
The German Autobahn. No speed limits. A driver's paradise. At least that's what we read here in America. The reality is more mundane, if not dangerous.
This Ferrari F12 crash happened on the supposed temple of high speed public roads driving, Germany's Autobahn.
While a video of a modified BMW 135i chasing down a Porsche 997 Turbo at speeds in excess of 175 mph on a public roadway would be cause for condemnation and legal action in this country, it's business as usual on one of the unrestricted sections of the German Autobahn.